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Weekend Reading: Holiday Recommendations to Combat LRC Withdrawal Syndrome

3 sentences (more or less) about fascinating books  that beg to be read (or heard) in less than 3 days 12 days.*

blacksfrom Black’s Medical Dictionary, 41st edition (p.458):

LRC Withdrawal Syndrome (LWS) is an uncomfortable and potentially disruptive condition brought about by passing an extended period of time without reading a library book or blog entry, receiving a library email, or interacting with an LRC staff member. Symptoms include restlessness, an inflamed right big toe and the desire to spend long hours reading ingredient labels, the fine print, and sets of instructions in all 3 languages (4 if the product is from IKEA.) Some stricken by LWS may find themselves making repeated phone calls to the LRC voicemail or sitting silent at a table full of people, unable to think of interesting or witty topics of conversation.

To this date there have been no confirmed deaths from LWS but candy canes, Christmas TV programming and retail outlet store sales have been known to increase the severity and duration of symptoms.”

To help counter any possible outbreaks of LWS over the break the library staff offers the following recommendations:

Featured Audiobooks:

  • A Prairie Home Companion: Dusty and Lefty, The Lives of the Cowboys (Garrison Keillor et al)
  • Bad Dogs Have More Fun (John Grogan)
  • Life of Pi (Yann Martel)
  • Naked (David Sedaris)
  • I Am America (And So Can You!) (Stephen Colbert)
  • Neverwhere (Neil Gaiman)
  • Magical Thinking (Augusten Burroughs)
  • The Appeal (John Grisham)

NCLive: Did you know that you also have access to free audiobooks that you can download to your computer or portable device? Please contact a librarian if you need the remote access login/password for NCLive.

Print Books: Follow the links to more information about each title

  • Life of Pi: (Yann Martel) Read it before you see the movie! Seen the movie? Read the book! A Booker Prize winner and staff favorite about a Hindu/Muslim/Christian boy who finds himself stranded at sea with Richard Parker, a fully-grown Bengal tiger, as his only companion.
  • Game of Thrones: (George RR Martin): Read it before…um…Martin’s fantasy series has been described as “fantasy for people who don’t like fantasy” and lives up to the praise by featuring well-developed characters and twisting intrigues instead of relying on swords and magic. If you’ve been waiting for some free time to tackle this weighty series-which is also nearing its 3rd season as a popular HBO show-now is your chance.
  • Sarah Addison Allen: We just received all 4 of this NY Times-bestselling author’s books! Allen, who was born in Asheville and now lives near Leicester, is know for her magical realism and perfectly rendered portrayals of family struggles.
  • The Imperfectionists: (Tom Rachman) Brilliant and often hysterical look at the newspaper industry as seen through the lives of the writers and readers of a small paper in Rome. Currently a favorite of LRC Director Bill Kinyon.
  • Empire Falls:(Richard Russo) The secrets of two small-town families intersect to reveal the hidden motives and dark history of the people protagonist Miles Roby knows and loves. An excellent blend of drama and comedy that perfectly captures the often deep waters of small town politics. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize.
  • Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil: (John Berendt) A classic true crime story with a host of characters that provide ample evidence for the maxim that “truth is stranger than fiction.”
  • One Second After: (William Forstchen, Black Mountain resident and Montreat Professor) “In a Norman Rockwell town in North Carolina, where residents rarely lock homes, retired army colonel John Matherson teaches college, raises two daughters, and grieves the loss of his wife to cancer. When phones die and cars inexplicably stall, Grandma’s pre-computerized Edsel takes readers to a stunning scene on the car-littered interstate, on which 500 stranded strangers, some with guns, awaken John’s New Jersey street-smart instincts to get the family home and load the shotgun. Next morning, some townspeople realize that an electromagnetic pulse weapon has destroyed America’s power grid, and they proceed to set survival priorities. Food becomes scarce, and societal breakdown proceeds with inevitable violence; towns burn, and ex-servicemen recall “Korea in ’51” as military action by unlikely people becomes the norm in Forstchen’s sad, riveting cautionary tale, the premise of which Newt Gingrich’s foreword says is completely possible.” –Booklist

More recommended titles:

*Individual times may vary due to distractions such as  calling birds, lords a-leaping, pipers piping, or drummers drumming . The LRC is not responsible for books not finished within 3 days the advertised period. We do, however,  guarantee that our library staff finds each featured title compelling enough that it may cause readers to lose sleep or skip favorite TV shows in order to find out what happens next.



We are the librarians at Haywood Community College in Clyde, NC. We offer great books, a variety of research & educational services, and a staff full of general awesomeness to the HCC and Haywood County communities.

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